Newgarden Ends The Day As The Fastest Penske Despite Accident
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet ended the fourth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the fastest of ‘The Captain’s’ five car entry, ending the day in fifth place despite limited running following his crash at Turn 1.
Speaking following the on track action he commented by saying:
I’m fine. Tough break for us in the (No.) 2 car with Team Penske. It’s obviously not something you want to do, especially on a day like today – a pretty nice day out, no big issues. I’m disappointed that we ran into a problem. I just got called into the pits, so I was coming in and I didn’t want to check up too much for the guys behind me and cause a problem. It just seemed to get away from me. Until I get to look at everything, I’m not 100 percent sure what caused it. We were having a really good day. We had a good run up until that, so again I’m not sure what went on. It was probably my mistake, but until I get to look at everything it’s hard to tell. I feel bad for our guys that we’ve got extra work.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the day in 12th place having completed 103 laps of the Speedway and speaking following the action, the Australian commented by saying;
We got a lot of things done with the Verizon Chevy today. We collected a ton of great data and we’ll compare that to what our teammates were able to get. That’s one of the true strengths of this team is the amount of information available. Then, we just have to figure out how that relates to what we’re doing and where we want to go. We’ll be able to do that this evening and tomorrow morning to see what tomorrow brings.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet ended the day in 14th place having completed 50 laps and speaking following the day of action, the Colombian commented by saying:
I think it’s coming together for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet. This team doesn’t have the advantage of working as group for any amount of time. We’re still getting used to one another to some degree. We didn’t throw a lot of laps out there, but we got some quality work done. I feel good about where we are. Hopefully, we can get some more done tomorrow and the weather will give us a little help over the weekend.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet ended the day in 15th place and completed the most laps of any driver on Thursday with the Brazilian doing 117 laps of the oval.
Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet felt pretty good today. We were able to turn a ton of laps today after not being able to get any track time yesterday with the conditions. Today, we had a good chance to continue down our checklist and experiment with a few things. We’ll just keep worrying about our program and moving forward and not spend time and effort wondering what others are or aren’t doing.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet ended the day in 23rd place having completed 81 laps and speaking following the session he commented by saying;
We’re pretty happy with the Menards Chevy especially in that last run. There were a lot of cars out there and we got a good feel of what we can do in dirty air. It really was pretty good. Everyone has been working really hard. The Chevrolet guys are giving us all they have and that’s generally quite a bit. Tomorrow should be really fun with a little boost. But, overall, we’re in a good place.